This is typically the time of the year when we set new goals for ourselves. During January I’ll be posting more about how to keep the resolution to start cycling. Hopefully you guys will be kind enough to forward the articles to your non-cycling buddies! Here are 5 good new years resolutions if you are already cycling..
Take part in a sportive
If 2011 is the year of fitness then rather than just saying to yourself “get fit”, which is far too vague, why not set the goal of taking part in a cycling sportive. These can be an excellent test of endurance and give you a clear goal for something to aim for. As a side benefit you’ll meet a load more cyclists.
- Your first step: Make a quick search on Google to checkout a ton of suitable events.
Organise a cycling holiday
The bike is one of the best ways to experience somewhere new. If you’re planning on taking some holidays in 2011 then why not make one of them a bike tour. Wade Wallace of Cycling Tips Blog did a tour around Vietnam. He loved it so much he is planning a similar trip in 2011. If your planning an extra long trip then I strongly recommend Darren Alffs Bicycle Travellers Blueprint.
- Your first step: Leave a comment with what destination you would like to go to, if you’d like to take anyone with you and when you think you can get the time off to do so.
Get one of your friends onto a bike
One of my close friends hopped on a bike this year and I’m always encouraging as much cycling as possible from my girlfriend. When the weather warms up pick one of your friends who’s been on the fence about cycling for a while or one of your colleagues who’s expressed an interest and help them get started. If they hit you with the “I’m scared” excuse make sure you encourage them to take some cycle training.
- Your first step: Think of which friend you could help
Stop passing trucks on the inside
Hat tip to @WullieTalksPish for this one. One of the 7 mistakes cyclists often make that put them in danger is overtaking lorries on the inside. This is very dangerous as the driver isn’t expecting you there and there’s little route for escape if the truck turns left. Make it your objective to never do it again.
- Your first step: Add a post-it next to where you pickup your cycling gear every day with a drawing of a truck and a big cross over it.
Volunteer your time in the Open Street Maps project
Hat tip to @CycleStreets for this one. The Open Street Maps technology is helping cyclists get from A to B and makes applications such as Bike Hub possible. You can help them out by mapping your local area for fellow cyclists to use.
- Your first step: Head to “How to get mapping”
What are your new years resolutions?
Image via John Ashby
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